I love a dusky coral lipstick and I love a bright fuchsia lipstick – and it seems now I can wear them both together! Two-toned lips are not a new idea. In fact, they first made an appearance way back in 2009, with the Emanuel Ungaro runway show. But in that scenario, the top and bottom lips were dressed in different colours. This season has a different type of colour play: one colour in the centre and another around the edges. Seen most prominently during Holly Fulton’s show at the London Fashion Week, these ombre lips are perfect for a fun evening, like a bachelorette party or a night on the town with old school friends.
Want to rock this look? Either choose hues in the same colour family (like deep red and fuchsia) or from opposite ends of the colour wheel (such as orange and pink). Then swipe the colours on the back of your hand to see if they work well together – there aren’t really any rules, you just have to try them on to see if they match.
First apply the darker colour to both lips and then swipe the lighter, brighter colour onto your fingertip and press it onto the centre of your pout. This is also a great way to do some visual trickery as the lighter colour in the middle will make your lips appear larger.
PS: For those who want to know, at the Hally Fulton show, Andrew Gallimore first filled the models’ pouts with MAC Lip Pencil in Embrace Me (a very hot and sexy magenta) before layering on MAC Lipmix in Fuchsia and White, putting additional emphasis on the corners. Gallimore then applied a few brush strokes of Lipmix Orange to the centre of the lips to create the almost 3D-effect. You can also create the same kind of feel with the MAC Morange and Moxie lipstick, using a brush for precision.
If you want to stick to the safe(r) up-and-down option, use the lighter colour on your top lip, as this one tends to be smaller than your bottom lip. Then, swipe the darker colour on the bottom. This will create an optical illusion, making your pout appear fuller.
What do you say? Would you try either of these trends?